Pathways Through Proverbs
August 28, 2008
Today's Reading - Proverbs 28
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Following Scripture Verses
- The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
- For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding and knowledge the state thereof shall be prolonged.
- A poor man that oppresseth the poor is like a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
- They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
- Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.
- Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
- Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.
- He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
- He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
- Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession.
- The rich man is wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
- When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
- He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
- Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
- As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.
- The prince that wanteth understanding is also a great oppressor: but he that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days.
- A man that doeth violence to the blood of any person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
- Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once.
- He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.
- A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
- To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.
- He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
- He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
- Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.
- He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
- He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
- He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
- When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.
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Today's verse is another one which speaks to the end result of choosing improper companions. The wise son is contrasted with the one who shames his father, and the difference between the two, in this passage, is determined by their associations.
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The wise son is said to be one who keeps the law. This obviously means that he is obedient to the principles and commandments set down in the Word of God. The son who brings his father to shame, however, is not referred to as a man who transgresses the law, even though this is the obvious problem that he has. Instead, Solomon focuses on the fact that the young man spends his time with riotous men. Why does he do this? Because it was his choice of friends that started this individual down a path of sin that ultimately brought him to a place of bringing humiliation upon his own father.
I Corinthians 15:33 states,
"Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners".
Paul is reminding the church members in Corinth that even though they may think that fellowshipping with the ungodly won't have a negative effect on their lives, they are mistaken. A man can start off with good morals that were taught to him by a loving father. However, spending time communicating with the wicked will destroy all that the young man has been taught. A man who has been raised to speak righteously will find that his vocabulary becomes quite crude after developing relationships with men who use filthy language. Many a man has taken his first drink, or seen his first pornographic picture, under pressure from those who claimed to be his friends. The story can be repeated over and over, and Solomon doesn't want his own son to wind up in the same mess.
Don't be deceived. Don't risk throwing away your life on maintaining close friendships with those who reject the Word of God. Their rebellion will influence you more than you think.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery